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Alumni of the Year 

Rosilyn (Theisen)‘53 and Bill Buschle ’50 named Alumni of the Year

For their life-long commitment to Catholic schools and churches, and their strong connection to Sacred Heart Academy, Rosilyn (Theisen)‘53 and Bill Buschle ’50 have been awarded Alumni of the Year honors. The two will be recognized during Homecoming festivities September 25, 2020 in Mt. Pleasant. 

After high school, Bill served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He returned and enrolled at Central Michigan University, where Rosy was also a student. They were married at Sacred Heart Church in 1956. Bill’s work took them to Muskegon and Owosso. The couple was happy to move to Alma in 1974, where they reside today.

They have five children and 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and have always been supportive of faith-based education. Rosy was a music teacher and religious education teacher at St. Mary’s Elementary School/Parish in Alma (now Nativity of Our Lord Parish).  She is also a church organist.  Bill, a member of the Knights of Columbus, also served as a reader and Eucharistic minister at church. 

The Buschles have been active in the local prison ministry.  They volunteer for funeral dinners and soup luncheons and lead Catholic book studies.  They served as Godparents and confirmation sponsors for numerous young people over the years.

Their SHA friendships and connections have remained strong.  “The further someone gets from SHA, in miles or in years, the more important Sacred Heart becomes,” Rosy said, adding that they appreciate the alumni award because Sacred Heart Academy means much to them.  “We have much gratitude for the Dominican nuns who taught us,” she said.

Past Alumnus

Alumnus

Year 
Graduated

Year
Selected

Bill Sowle

1951

1979

John Verwey

1949

1980

Conrad English

1954

1981

Virginia McConnell Cotter

1934

1982

Nancee Kerin Fitzpatrick

1952

1983

Dr. Alfred Spagnuolo

1936

1984

Earl G. Hartman, Jr.

1966

1985

Jim Fabiano

1961

1988

Bill Ervin

1965

2003

Shirley Honeywell Sheppard

1949

2004

Pat Heintz

1973

2005

Fr. John Cotter

1965

2006

Charlotte Simon Voisin

1960

2007

Jim Epple

1959

2008

Bill Hauck

1979

2009

Joe and Deb (McDonald) Fox

1978/1981

2010

Bill Myler

1976

2011

Tim Bollman

1975

2012

Terry Coughlin

1956

2013

Keith MacDonald

1985

2014

Jeff McDonald

1979

2015

Paul Bigard 1985 2016
 
Andy & Julie (Flannery) Theisen

1978/1978

2017

Larry Campbell 1968 2018
 
 
James Thering
 
1989
 
2019